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By Fiona Reid
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Rural crime focus

A RURAL crime initiative is underway by police in Dumfries and Galloway.

For the rest of this month, until April 2, there will be increased patrols in the countryside

It comes after a recent spike in thefts in remote areas.

A force spokesman said: “During the course of the month, there will be extra high visibility patrols in more rural areas and forestry commissions. Officers are asking for help from you, the local community. Should you see or hear any suspicious or unusual activity please phone 101 or 999 if a crime’s in progress or there’s a threat to life. Officers encourage you to record as much detail as you can including descriptions of person(s):- height, weight, age, clothing; vehicle details:- colour/make/model/registration mark; direction of travel and any other relevant details.

“A lot of people living and working in rural areas think it’s safe to leave their property insecure however we highly recommend that you protect your property at all times and be extra vigilant. Make it as hard as you can for criminals to target you and steal your property.”

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